Movement for the Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO)

The Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO) is a splinter group of the Organization of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb (AQIM), which formally announced its existence following its abduction of three humanitarian workers from a Saharan refugee camp in Tindouf on 23 October 2011. MUJAO's leaders are known to be drug traffickers involved in the drugs trade in the Sahel and southern Algeria.Merger with Belmokhtar 2013 MUJAO and The Masked Batalion  announced a merger of their groups renaming themselves The Mourabitounes (also known as al-Murabitun, The Sentinels, Al-Murābiṭūn, The Almoravids). The merger is only partialy complete because it was not signed by some other groups (or what remains of them) including 'Signed in Blood', a battalion of Belmokhtar virtually decimated in In Amenas (January 2013) and other phalanges of MUJAO, such as the Salahedine Brigade and Ousmane Dane Fodio Brigade. (see more in incident…

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